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 “An excellent mystery author.” — MyShelf.com

"Davis finely blends mystery and comedy." — SeattlePI.com

"[A] good culinary cozy series." — Gumshoe Review

About the Author

Krista Davis is the national bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries. Her first book, The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, was nominated for an Agatha Award. Krista lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with an Ocicat named Mochie and a brood of dogs. Her friends and family complain about being guinea pigs for her recipes, but she notices that they keep coming back for more.  
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Product Details

  • Series: A Domestic Diva Mystery (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425251349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251348
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries and the Paws & Claws mysteries for dog and cat lovers. She grew up devouring Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Agatha Christie and still loves a good mystery. Like her domestic diva, Sophie Winston, Krista enjoys cooking (okay, eating!) and entertaining, but she'd just as soon leave the cleaning to someone else. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with two cats and three dogs.

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I have loved every one of "The Diva" series since I picked up the first one. This is no different.

In a very real way, "The Diva Digs Up the Dirt" is sort of a transitional book for Davis and her sleuth, Sophie. The transitions are obvious within the first 3 or 4 chapters and they all lead the reader to a "what next" set of questions--What next for Sophie and Mars? What next for Sophie and Wolf? What next for Sophie's house? and, by the end, What next in the series?

However, unlike a rash of transitional books from mystery authors lately, "The Diva Digs Up the Dirt" does not end up a book of excuses or illogical actions in order to get to this ending and the next phase.

The mystery really isn't much of a mystery. If you pay attention, the "who" in the who-dun-it is quite obvious early on. I do not fault Davis for that. In fact, I praise any author who sprinkles legitimate clues throughout the book so that the reader can follow along as the case progresses.

As usual, the character development is the strongest part of this Diva installment. The recurring ones--Mars, Natasha, Nina, etc.--are still vibrant, real people (even though I so want Sophia to, just once, tell Natasha to shove it) while the book specific characters--Roscoe, Olive, Mona, etc.--are given enough depth to make us understand the motivations and care about the outcomes.

And, though it could be read as a stand alone, the Diva series should be read in order and I would suggest not reading this until you've caught up on the previous installments.

There is so much I want to say about this book but to do so would require spoilers and no one likes to have their reading of a mystery spoiled by too much information.

I gave this book 5 stars because that is exactly what it is--a 5 star book in a 5 star series.
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Doing a good deed at her boyfriend's house leads to a discovery that takes Sophie on a journey with surprising results. What an exciting read that I could not put down. The twists and turns in this frantic paced mystery kept me both intrigued and guessing as the story moved towards a conclusion befitting the title of this wonderfully crafted novel. This series keeps getting better and better and I look forward to the new adventure that awaits them in this delightfully entertaining series.
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Dang! I love this series. Davis has maintained the great quality since the beginning of the series. I find myself going back to re-read her books because she has such a way of drawing you into the story. This is another great chapter, and I can't wait for the next one.
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Here's another winner in the Domestic Diva mystery series. This time, Sophie's friend, Natasha, plans to have Troy - a home renovator come and make Sophie's parking problems simpler by building a garage on her property. Along with the home renovations, Sophie stumbles onto another mystery when she replaces a rose bush for Wolf and finds a purse buried on his property. This discovery, which turns out to be his missing wife's purse, brings back the rumors that Wolf killed his wife, Anne, whom he claims just walked off one day. That and finding another dead body on Roscoe Greene's property, the body of one of Troy's workers, really gets Sophie involved in finding how whether or not Anne is dead and just who is poisoning and trying to kill members of the Greene family. Add to that the old love interests of Detective Kenner, Wolfe and Cricket not to mention the surprise near the end and you have a great mystery. Not too many characters that add nothing to the plot, and great gardening tips to book. I highly recommend this truly cozy cozy!
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The Diva books are not easy to put down, Krista Davis has a way of ending her chapters with just a morsel that has you saying, "well, just a little bit more" and soon you are up way past your bedtime finding out what Sophie and Natasha are up to.

All Sophie Winston wanted was a nice backyard vacation, no work for two weeks. A peaceful and quiet time with her gardening and pets, she works hard, that should not be too much to ask for. All that changed when Mona charges into her backyard and demands that she find her missing daughter.

Nope not going to happen, even though Sophie has helped in investigations in the past, she is not a detective. If only life were that simple.

While trying to do a good deed and plant a rosebush in her boyfriend Wolf's backyard, Sophie unearths the purse of Wolf's missing wife. All along, she has known that Anne just disappeared one day, but the realization that without a body, Wolf is still married has hit her hard. What is she to do? She knows that there is no way that the man she loves could be responsible for this act but there are too many unanswered questions.

Add in Natasha's fame addiction, a home improvement show trying to add a garage to Sophie's back yard, the curious goings on with Roscoe, his new wife, his ex-wife, his housekeeper, his son and the son's fiancée. I know that sounds a bit complicated, but Krista Davis has no problem keeping everyone straight for the reader.

The longed for vacation is but a dream.

Another reviewer has called this a transitional book and I could not agree more. We, the readers, are not sure what direction Sophie will take. She loves her family, her town, she loves her friends and her pets, but it is now a time for Sophie to open new doors.
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